Hemp and marijuana are derived from the cannabis genus, part of the cannabaceae family. However, they part ways in their appearance and THC levels. The hemp plant presents itself as tall and skinny. Whereas its counterpart marijuana is generally shorter, bushier, and has broader leaves. Additionally, there must be less than 0.3% of THC present in the plant for it to be considered hemp. Cannabis doesn’t become psychoactive until it reaches at least 0.5% THC. That’s when it becomes the female marijuana. Surprisingly, hemp is also very low in CBD requiring a large volume of plants for a minimal CBD yield.
Lucky for hemp, it has many more redeeming qualities than it’s THC or CBD saturation. It’s strong, fibrous, and can be manufactured into everything from rope to lace. The oil can be extracted to become biofuel, cosmetics, and paint. These plants can also be used as food. Furthermore, It crosses all industrial boundaries. If legalized, it could revolutionize many economic sectors.
Hemp products are currently being sold across state lines. Its trace amount of THC does not fall into the same regulatory quagmire as marijuana with her 5-30% THC levels. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced his support for the Hemp Farming Act of 2018. Experts agree that legislative changes surrounding the plant are on the horizon. This act would legalize hemp, remove it from the federal list of controlled substances, and allow it to be sold as an agricultural commodity. Most hemp is being imported from other countries. However, a handful of US states are farming it through a pilot program (for research and development purposes) of the 2014 US Farm Bill.
Considerations for the Health Conscious
Products such as oil, tinctures, and edibles do not have the same therapeutic benefits as those with CBD:THC. THC helps CBD bond with the cannabinoid receptors throughout the human body. This results in a synergistic experience. Health-conscious individuals should be aware that hemp oil extractions are currently unregulated. They are often found to be contaminated with pesticides or heavy metals. This is because it’s known to be a natural bio-accumulator which absorbs everything in its soil.
California dispensaries are required to only receive products derived from female cannabis plants within the licensed cannabis supply chain. Therefore, they may not receive products that have been made from male hemp. The Bureau of Cannabis Control does not regulate the growing of hemp. It cannot guarantee the safety of those products. All CBD product in a California dispensary originated from a female cannabis plant. Furthermore, they have been regulated and deemed safe for consumption by the State of California. Torrey Holistics carries a wide variety of compliant CBD tinctures. Their knowledgeable staff can help you find the product that’s right for you.
Cannabis Law in the US
Legalizing hemp would have a profound effect on US farmers. It’s known as a rotation crop that detoxifies soil and prevents soil erosion. It breathes C02 and leaves the soil nutrient rich. A farmer can yield $1,000 to $3,000 per acre and it can be grown pesticide free. These are all valid arguments for legalization. In addition, the benefit to the US economy is substantial with a reported $600 million in annual revenue generated from hemp products.
There are currently more than 40 cannabis-related bills floating around Washington regarding hemp and marijuana. This makes it difficult for lawmakers to manage the rising tide of support for cannabis. There seems to be unanimous legislative support for the need to legalize hemp. However, the same bipartisan support does not exist for marijuana which remains a schedule 1 narcotic at the Federal level.
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